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hello, tom. it is exciting times in tripoli. with election and new congress coming together. as i read libya's recent history it is a bit like we are reliving the post world war ii years. how right he was. that was chris. always thinking, always sharp, always ready. public service is too often looked down upon by some in this country. often my colleagues in the foreign service la meant they don't make them the way they used to anymore. today we remember a man, chris stevens, whose life and service just proves how wrong my colleagues really are. chris shows us they still make them the way they used to, only an awful lot better, thank you. [applause] >> chris's family would like to invite everyone to a reception after the ceremony. it will be held over there. you are all welcome. let us pray. oh lord, support us all the day long until the shadows lengthen and the evening comes and the busy world is hushed and the fever of life is over and our work is done. then in your mercy grant us a safe lodging and a holy rest and peace at the last. may the author of all life bless us and keep us. in
through the night and expected to come together around 11:00. if congress doesn't agree, spending cuts will go in to effect and we will pay more taxes. the impact is more than $3400 in a year. >>> she was supposed to return to work this week, instead, secretary of state, hilary clinton is in the hospital. treated for a blood clot that resulted after a fall earlier this month. >> reporter: hilary clinton was admitted to new york presbyterian hospital with a blood clot from a concussion she suffered several weeks ago. he doctors discovered the clot earlier in the day during a follow up exam. no details of where the clot is or other concerns have been releasede first time clinton has been diagnosed with a blood clot. in 98 she was admitted for a clot behind her right knee. the 65-year-old had a stomach virus this month and became dehydrated, fainted and struck her head. she canceled the trip abroad and was not well enough to appear on capitol hill to testify on the attack in libya. doctors want to monitor her medication over the next 48 hours. >>> good news for former president george hw
new added to the equation it's just when wil the congress get it's act together. and our belief is if they don't pass something tomorrow they will early in the new year. >> you have been predicting thsw year. barring anymore drama for the fiscal cliff what is going to drive stocks higher. >> most global economies willhat quarter by 2 2012 and much of 23 will be a recovery year. also in the u.s. we are looking for 2-point 2% growth and expanding in 2014. and in an in an earnings perspee we saw the trough early this year and going into 2013 see a nine and a half percent increase in u.s. earnings for the s & p 500. >> that is encouraging becausetl up when they all come out for the fourth quarter you are expecting them to be up to 3 and a half percent so nine and a half percent is a big jump. i can see why you a optimistic on stocks. le's go over the sectors that you think could go well. you have selected three areas. consumer discretionary stocks and consumer and healthcare. tell us why. >> to continue with the story . we argeneral wehave a three andt discount. in terms of consume
on immigration. the president did promise that he wanted to address it. we're hoping that congress can work together and this year we can come to an agreement on a more comprehensive immigration reform package. >> if we can solve the problem of israel and make sure that israel has a proper, proper nation with safe borders and so on and yet at the same time allow the palestinians to have their own state. if we can solve that one than many of the world's problems in terms of interfaith dialogue will be resolved. >> it's very critical for america to have good reputation to have good liaison with the muslim world. >> we do hope that the president could maybe visit a mosque or attend an american muslim institution and really show that direct engagement, that hey, listen, you are part of the american framework and part of the building of this country. >> we're cautiously optimistic that the obama administration will finally allow sikhs to service in the u.s. armed forces with their articles of faith in tact. it would be a very important and historic step. >> we'd like to see the obama administrat
. and right after the election, i really was hopeful that members of congress would be able to come together and work out these hard issues. we're not there yet, but the fight's not over in that these debt problems are still there facing us. we'll have to go back to january and get into entitlement reform. the job is not close to finished. whatever debt deal they pass today, they agree they come back as quickly as possible and work out these challenges. because the economy will not grow in any meaningful way until we add the stability and certainty of tackling challenges. >> with all due respect, did upg the 112th congress was going to come together on a grand bargaining? >> i was hopeful. leadership starts at the top. i haven't seen much leadership in this town. one thing that happens at the end of the day is we go crashing through this debt ceiling which to me represents the real issue, the real fundamental challenge is we're running $1.3 trillion deficits, been doing that for two or three or four years. these taxes will not change the problem. the real issue we've got is a trillion dollar
together and you could really see in his body language that he feels well right now. >> should there be a deal, what needs to happen in both houses of congress for the stopgap effort to go through? >> first, the senate will come together and decide the taxes for the wealthy will go up. now the question is who is wealthy? households to make more than $450,000 per year will see higher taxes. the next obstacle is what is going happen with the additional money? republicans would like to use that money to reduce the debts and democrats would like to spend it. they will find a compromise in the next hour. let's be optimistic. everyone is optimistic that they will finally pass a bill. mr. boehner will then try to find a common ground with democrats in the house and they will have to pass this bill as well. i'm not sure whether they will be able to do that today, so what we might see is that the house will come together tomorrow morning and pass the bill then. >> what happens if there's no deal? to the bills get paid? >> i am somewhat optimistic. if they're not going to find a solution
year as well. all this could have been avoided if congress got its act together, but the doomsday option hit and the president set in motion. there is a chance of some sort of deal, but we have to wait until the new year. let's go directly to washington senior washington correspondent, peter barnes, with details of negotiations. >> reporter: still some pieces being negotiated tonight, particularly on the sequestration, those automatic spending cuts that are supposed to take effect on january 2nd. about $100 billion. about half of that on the past -- defense department. still trying to work through the details of some democratic and republican side. it's unclear if there will actually get to a vote in the senate on that tonight, but they could if they work something out. otherwise we have the framework from sources familiar with these negotiations. here are some of the things that are on it. taxes would rise to return to the clinton error rates for families making over 450,000 year to may individuals making more than 400 to a back to the top rate of 36%. there would be a permanent
, hoping that, you know, at some point congress will get et cetera act together. we do have a new congress coming back in. we keep talking about the so-called fiscal cliff. there are consequences for inaction if that countdown clock gets to zero and there's no deal and no deal has been reached. >> jonathan, thank you. to your point, it's remarkable to me that what we're debating is exactly what we were debating six months ago. it's not as though something has happened recently. this is the debate we've been having or the debate we haven't been having making it all the more remarkable that we have a countdown clock for it. thank you. >> that's right. >> a deal on the fiscal cliff may be at hand, but there's still a lot to do, and not a lot of time to do it. delaware democratic senator chris kuhns. thank you for taking the time. i want to talk about something first that your colleague tom hashi harken said on the senate floor. let's come back and talk about it. >> it looks like all of the taxes will be made permanent, but all of the other things that the middle class and america really depen
worked hard to save. well, the president and congress have got to work together to stop this dividend tax hike. before it's too late. >>> okay, guys. time to forget about all the fiscal cliff negotiations for just a moment. why? because the entire world is it throwing a giant party to ring in the new year. alina choi is doing her best to keep warm in times square as preparations for tonight kick into high gear. >> reporter: good morning. great to see you. from all the talk about the crystal ball, the confetti and new year's resolutions, here's what you need to know if you come to times square tonight. dress warmly it is frigidly cold, and
their paychecks and spending in the new year. >> it is everyone to blame. the congress needs to get their act together. that is my we opinion. >> we need spending cuts. >> spending cuts. >> that is not happening. >> everyone makes promises on both sides and no one has fulfilled the promises. >> it will affect everything including quality of life. >> both a mess. >> no one is doing their job. >> that does not sound encouraging on a day when we are supposed to reflect about 2012 and, maybe, saying our wishes and resolutions for 2013 this is what we are talking about. >> butject -- but jokesters, nonetheless, behind you. >> negotiations ongoing and bret baier and senator john mccain are my guests, coming up. >> it will have to be a matter of shared sacrifice as long as i am president. i will be president for the next four years i hope. >> whatever the group of people that he was talking to were laughing and cheering and applauding, as we are on the brink of this collapse, that's not the way presidents should lead. power down your little word game. i think your friends will understand. oh no, it'
. you think during their well- earned christmas break, both sides would find a way to come together and do something. >> this is not the fault of congress. congress is behaving like congress. this is the president's fault here the president needs to go to the country and explain why they need to get this done. he has never done this. >> i have heard him talk about it over and over incessantly about why we have to avoid the fiscal clip. it is the fault of congress. they created this fiscal cliff. they did it. no one else imposed this on them. >> the president has never gone to the nation and made a serious speech about dt. he ignored it the first two years. he appoints a commission that he studiously ignores for the next two years. that is why we are at the clip now. he is not serious about the debt. none of his proposals to raise taxes on the rich. he has never put any political capital in entitlement reform our tax reform. he'll talk about it here and there. never invested any capital in it. >> any difference of opinion? >> if it is such a trivial amount, the raising of taxes on th
lot of confidence for folks who feel like congress can't get their act together. >> we'll stay on top of this with you, brow anna. joining us is one of the people who will vote on that deal. con man jason chaf fwnch etz, a republican from utah. and a member of the oversight committee. thank you for being with us. what do you think is happening today? >> good morning, happy new year. let's make sure we use your morning voices, because we wouldn't want the senate to get up too early. they'll reconvene at 11:00. let's be careful here. the ball is in the senate's court. the house of representatives did its job. we passed a bill on august 1st. it extended out every one of the rates and if the president and senate don't like it, it is their responsibility to make an amendment, make the change, have a vote and send it back over to us, we have done our jobs. >> you think you will be voting on a bill today? and, of course, democrats are willing to raise the threshold for raising marginal tax rates to $450,000. mcconnell holding out $550,000 or higher. would you vote on either one of those? >>
. will congress and president obama be able to pull together a fiscal cliff deal in time? we'll let you know, when we come back. [ male announcer ] how can power consumption in china, impact wool exports from new zealand, textile production in spain, and the use of medical technology in the u.s.? at t. rowe price, we understand the connections of a complex, global economy. it's just one reason over 75% of our mutual funds beat their 10-year lipper average. t. rowe price. invest with confidence. request a prospectus or summary prospectus with investment information, risks, fees and expenses to read and consider carefully before investing. >>> well, of course, it isn't just the fiscal cliff we're counting down to. it's new year's eve and we want to say happy new year to everyone who is joining us or watching the program here today. earlier, we asked have you made any resolution, trade or otherwise, for 2013. we've got a couple at least. one here from jeff who says i resolve to invest in pets and pampering. petsmart people love pets and profit from it. that's true, actually. ac tweets to accomplish m
is prepared to step in today if congress can't get something together to deal with the fiscal cliff deadline just 14 hours away from now. an update from 1600 pennsylvania avenue moments away. >> well, it will be somewhere between 8,000 to $12,000. so i'm not looking forward to that. >> is that more than you expected to go up january 1st. >> even a dollar's more than i can afford, yes. so not good news heather: thousands of first-responders are joining friends and family paying tribute to a hero firefighter gunned down in the line of duty. you're looking live at the scene. this is in webster, new york, where the funeral of getting underway. the 19-year-old volunteer was one of two firefighters shot and killed on christmas eve while responding to a fire set by gunman, william spengler. we well have much more on this coming up. we have potential breaking news. potential movement on the senate on the budget battle. brand new hour of america's news headquarters. i'm heather childers in for martha maccallum. gregg: i'm gregg jarrett in for bill hemmer. the number two in the republican senate sayin
wish for 2013 -- maybe a big lottery win is your wish for 2013. >> hopefully, congress can reach a deal. >> no more fiscal cliffs and werve can work together in unity -- and everybody can work together in unity. that is one wish. >> we still have plenty ahead. >> fox 5 news at 4:30 starts now. >>> good morning. it is 4:30 on this monday. happy new year's eve. it is monday, january -- december 31st. it is december 31st. getting ahead of ourselves there. >> i'm wisdom martin. >> i'm sarah simmons. >> time to talk about weather. we say hello and good morning to tucker barnes. >> this is the last time we'll do weather this year for this show. >> doesn't matter. as long as the redskins are winning. >> it is great. >> we'll talk about it all morning. i have about five texts from tony that got into my phone between 11:00 and 1:00 in the morning. >> you meanwhile you were sleeping. >> he was at the game. i was sleeping. temperatures in the 20s and low 30s. he got increasingly more giddy as the score was changing. >> did he know you were sleep something. >> i'm sure he does. reagan national 29.
and polarization. the dysfunction in the sense that our congress can't get together to do the basic thing. and polarization in the sense that no indication that it will get better. so think of this very simply. if you are an investor, if you're running a business and you have to make decisions over a number of years, the uncertainty premium goes up. which means you price out certain investments in plants, in equipment, hiring, which is not good for the economy, not good for consumers and not good for the top line of revenue growth for companies. this is not a good thing at all. >> okay. this is not a good thing at all. and mohamed, it sounds as if you think this is going to be the situation kind of like the new normal when it comes to politics. we're going to be talking about this again and again and again. i mean, we were talking already about the debt ceiling being the next negotiation. doesn't that sound like it's going to be part of the deal this time around, even though it's a small deal to get us over the fiscal cliff. does that mean this is the new normal in washington and what doe
effect at midnight, even lawmakers are now publicly pessimistic about the ability of congress to, well, get anything done. at best, democrats and republicans will patch together a limited, short-term deal to avoid the most immediate economic impacts of the fiscal cliff. with 15 hours to go and counting, members of congress are disgusted and embarrassed. >> when the future of the country, you know, rests in the hands of 70 and 80-year-olds who have jet lag, it's probably not the best thing. >> something has done terribly wrong when the biggest threat to our american economy is our american congress. >> the senate will reconvene at 11:00 this morning, but after a day of public gamesmanship and little obvious progress behind the scenes on sunday. >> there's still significant distance between the two sides, but negotiations continue. >> i want everyone to know i'm willing to get this done, but i need a dance partner. >> mitch mcconnell called on vice president joe biden to be that dance partner. biden has brokered 11th-hour deals with the republican leader in the past. mcconnell's appeal c
is continuing a campaign to help congress reach a deal. they asked d.c. area barristas to write "come together" on coffee cups. those are the things we just thought you should know. >>> well, time now for the "news nation" "gut check." there's no deal yet to prevent the country from going over the so-called fiscal cliff. income tax rates rise on everybody, also going up, payroll taxes, capital gains, dividends, estate and gift taxes. 27 million more people paying the alternative tax. $110 billion in spending cuts going in to effect, unextended unemployment benefits expiring and payments to medicare go down. what does your gut tell you? are you worried about what will happen tonight? go to to vote. >>> and take a look at what the "news nation" is saying about yesterday's "gut check." do democrats and republicans want to go off the cliff? 31% said, yes. 69% said, no. >>> that does it for this edition of "news nation." i'm t.j. holmes in for tamron hall. "the cycle" is up next but first look at the holiday wishes from all the people here at msnbc. we're working hard behind
our stumbles. there is a novel thought. similarly the start of a new congress offers an opportunity to look forward with hope and aspiration with the opportunity to work together. again, a novel thought. to deliver on behalf of those who put their trust in us. let's not pull the rug out from both those things before they have even had a chance to begin. the start of the new year, new congress, do not have to be colored by the partisanship that's characterized the past year. there is a last-minute absolution to be had if we can seize the spirit of the season and do that which would then all too little of this past year, compromise. come together. let's ring in the new year with a fix. all be it a modest one, for the fiscal cliff and start off our new year and new congress with a proper welcome for our constituents and our colleagues. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from minnesota rise? without objection. >> madam speaker, many years ago our friends on the conservative side of the political aisle told us that
to congress, moving away from the extremes and bringing more centrists who can work together. i could give you a long speech about that when you combine those two things, you don't get a great work product. adam: congressman jason altmire, you mentioned harmonic convergence that happens in south florida. you're going to blue cross-blue shield up in tallahassee. you won't get that there. all the best to you, sir. congratulations on your service in congress. wish awe happy new year. >> happy new year, thank you. adam: so we'll get the republican take from senator john barrasso just a lit later in the program. he is kook discussing right now with other members of the republican caucus in the senate. they're talking about all of this. obviously the final physical cliff deal affects everybody, every aspect of our money, the markets, the economy. some say no matter what the damage has been done. we have money panel with wisdom to help us get through all of this. scott martin, is also a spewed baker fan. kill holme, and stephen hayes, writer at weekly standard and fox news contributor. i want to star
congress a little bit. this is being put together piecemeal. the one thing, though, we haven't touched on, it appears unemployment insurance, those that affects 2 million americans, that is going to continue. what does that mean to those folks on wall street? >> reporter: well, that is good news, you know, for those on wall street because that means that you see that ripple effect. if the unemployment checks will keep coming for the people who are unemployed for a long time, they will still have money coming in, hopefully money to spend. and that helps certainly move the wheels of the economy forward. as for the broader market, you look at what is happening here, the dow is up over 100 points, after we heard from president obama after senate minority leader mitch mcconnell came out saying we are very, very close. so you're seeing this rally happen on these positive comments, coming from -- coming from washington. this really has been a session that has moved on this sort of trickle or drip, drip, drip of the headlines coming out of washington. one thing, though, that one analyst told me,
of the fiscal cliff is congress agreed that they would cut an additional $1.2 trillion in spending. they put a committee together to try to come up with those numbers. they didn't figure out how to do it. and so what we now have is a situation where these automatic spending cuts go into place. now, if we have raised some revenue by the wealthy paying a little bit more, that would be sufficient to turn off what's called the sequester, these automatic spending cuts, and that also would have a better outcome for our economy in the long term. but, you know, so far, at least, congress has not been able to get this stuff done. not because democrats in congress don't want to go ahead and cooperate, but because i think it's been very hard for speaker boehner and republican leader mcconnell to accept the fact that taxes on the wealthiest americans should go up a little bit as part of an overall deficit reduction package. >> you talk about a dysfunction in washington. you signed this legislation setting up the fiscal cliff 17 months ago. how accountable are you for the fact that washington can't get a
together. >> wall street is typically quieter this time of year. of course, this last week of 2012 was marked by investor concerns over congress' new year's eve plans and that looming fiscal cliff. so what impact does it have on your money? alison deans is with us, senior adviser at varick asset management. nice to see you. happy new year. do you have two plans for 2012, one that includes the fiscal cliff and one that doesn't? how do you prepare for the new year as an investor? >> pretty much. i mean, the outcome, if there is some type of healthy resolution to the fiscal cliff, even if they defer it for a week or two but come up with some healthy resolution, i think it bodes really well for global markets. if we wind up going into fiscal cliff and the world loses any faith in our government to accomplish anything that's helpful or relevant, i think that could impact the markets and it could impact the economy. >> there has to be a long-term impact, though. i mean, let's face it. any deal that they can come up with is an austerity deal. it will involve some form of tax increases, yo
to be gathering some steam but washington, government, congress in particular is the single greatest impediment. it's a rational decision. >> get the act together. john avlon, thank you, my friend. don, it's a lot of intangibles here, don. this is the thing we have to think about. it's not just the tangibles of how much your taxes might go up or how much this might go down. it's the intangible of confidence. it's trust. you lose somebody's trust, how long does it take to get it back. it doesn't just come back tomorrow because you vote on something. >> i can't believe mitch mcconnell was there all day yesterday. >> it's crazy. >> he's working on a saturday. i never work on a saturday. wait a minute, i work every saturday. >> you get your job done. you don't get to tell your bosses, i'm going to do this another time. i'll get down to it in 516 days. >> but one day, one day i will be able to do that, at least i'd like to think that. >>> moving on, at the edge of the fiscal cliff, will the economy get sucked back into a recession or is a compromise possible? words of wisdom from a wall street journ
a deal together. we've all been told that we need to plan on being here really through new year's and you know we're ready to stay here through the new congress beginning on thursday if need be. as long as we're still here, as long as negotiations and discussions are going on, there's still an opportunity for us to put together a deal. >> is -- >> the bottom line is 98% of americans need to make sure their taxes don't go up. that's in the republicans' court. >> we have been putting up the clock and saying obviously we're going to be going over the fiscal cliff. but for you, what's -- what sort of your cut-off point where you think that this gets to the point where the implications for the economy are extremely serious? >> well, i think we need to not -- we've got to stop with the artificial deadlines and i mean this is serious. it's been serious for months. we need to come together. president obama has a $4 trillion deal on the table that would be balanced in terms of increasing the tax rates on the wealthiest americans. significant spending cuts and has even proposed more -- several hund
or will the dems hang together across pennsylvania avenue from the white house to congress. a big storyline that we're all watching very closely. >> now that we here that they're coming back, senator reid wants to bring the senate back tomorrow morning at 11:00. is it likely that he will have some deal or counteroffer when they bring them back? >> if i could tell you, i would be a millionaire. i would be making bets on the stock market. i would have all kinds of future telling that none of us can discern at this point. the hope, of course, is that there could be some kind of deal. remember, democrats feel like they're in a pretty strong position here. if they can't get a deal that republicans can sign on to, they will put a plan back on the floor tomorrow and get republicans to block it. it's unclear what will happen. it might pass the senate and move over to the house and create some momentum that way. there is a lot to watch here and a lot of moving pieces that nobody is quite sure kind of when the music stops, where it all ends. >> quickly, on that scaledback version, what is the income level th
. will the democrats hang together across pennsylvania avenue from the white house to congress? a big story line we are watching right now. >> we hear they are coming back, and senator reed wants to bring the senate back. is it likely he will have a deal? >> i wish i could tell you that. if i could, i would be a millionaire. i would be making bets on the starch market. -- stock market. the hope is that there could be some kind of deal. democrats feel like they are in a strong position. if they cannot get a deal republicans can sign on to, they will put a scaled-back plan on the floor tomorrow and care republicans to block it. it is unclear what will happen at that point. it might pass the senate and move in the house and create momentum that way. there is a lot to watch and a lot of moving pieces nobody is quite sure when the music stops and where it all ends. >> what is the income level senators are looking at? >> the president has put $250,000 out there. that is of people assume will happen if there is no deal. in the negotiations over that in trying to get a deal are a big sticking point. i have
comes out and calls people together and has a group standing behind him, laughs and jokes and ridicules republicans, what is -- why? >> reporter: if the deal finalized, and if passes congress, two big ifs, it would extend tax cuts for all workers under $400,000, prevent a big hike on estates under $5 million and extend unemployment benefits set to expire tomorrow for some 2 million people. so, the scramble continues tonight. congressional leaders trying to get to a deal that would pass both the house and the senate sometime over the next 24 hours or so, david. >> jon, stick with us here. i want to show the viewers at home that beautiful red and white crystal ball prepared to come down in times square tonight, blue and green, it changes colors as we look at it. the bottom line is, when that ball drops tonight, every american's taxes going up? >> reporter: that is exactly right. they are going to try to come back and fix it, but as of midnight tonight, everybody's taxes go up. >> all right, jon karl on the watch there at the white house. jon, thanks to you. >>> we're going to turn to the
this public campaign to pressure congress, not only republicans, but also democrats who have expressed some skepticism about this emerging deal that is coming together. so that is part of the president's tactic as well, to not only be working the phones behind the scenes, but also to hold these public events and, of course, he sat down with david gregory this weekend on quths meet the press." that's part of his calculation as well. >> let's talk more about the political calculation. for more reaction i'm joined by nbc's luke russert. good to see you, luke. >> how are you doing? >> i want to pick up on what mike was saying, even as we were on the air house republicans were watching us and sending him e-mails saying, listen, we don't have anything to vote on. is there a sense that members on both sides of congress are feeling some pressure from their constituents even as folks are preparing to go out and pop the champagne and celebrate the new year? >> reporter: oh, yeah, sure. i get those e-mails, too. a lot of us in the press corps get them. you really are seeing the pressure is i think two
to speak. if washington get together, it will be nice to see. shibani and ashley, this is the most unproductive congress sent 1947. ashley: that is not easy to do. shibani: there is a lot going on this year. i am shibani joshi. ashley: and i and ashley webster. fiscal cliff talks are stalling. tax hikes and spending cuts. president obama said to speak in about 30 minutes from now. shibani: stocks are holding their ground. waiting for some sort of news out of washington. the dow sitting at session highs. at least we are closing. ashley: it changes with every headline. the world ringing in the new year. new zealand, australia, japan, china, we will get a sneak preview of celebrations being planned as times square gets prepared for 1 million visitors. it is a complete nightmare. [ laughter ] ashley: time now for stocks now as we do every 15 minutes. we are up 51 points. not too bad on this last trading day of the year. >> that is right. the dow has been pretty flat. going back and forth between the red and green. the nasdaq is up 30. same goes for the s&p stock of about nine points. w
. they are feeling pretty good. well joe biden, in and emboldened the republicans or will be dems and together across pennsylvania avenue from the white house to congress? a big story line we are watching right now very closely. >> now that we hear week -- that are coming back, senator reid once to bring the senate back tomorrow morning at 11:00. is it likely will have some sort of deal or counter offer it on hand when the gavel back in? >> i wish to tell you that. if i could, i would be a millionaire because i would be making bets on the stock market and kind of future telling that none of us can discern at this point. i think the hope, of course, is there could be some kind of deal. but remember, democrats feel they are in a pretty strong position here. if they can't get a deal that republicans can sign onto, they are going to put a scaled-back plan on the floor of the senate tomorrow and dare republicans to block it. at that point, it is unclear what will happen. it might even passed the senate and moved to the house and create momentum that way. there is a lot to watch and a lot of moving pieces
and i have worked together not only in these past six years but for all the years we've been in congress. i think we have' been in congress almost the exact same time. it's been a pleasure and honor to work with her. i continue to look forward to collaborating with her on all these issues of importance to us. we agree on many, many, many things in the 113th congress. madam chairman, i want to tell you how much we appreciate you on both sides of the aisle. so let me talk about the bill because i think it's important. i agree with everything that the chairwoman said. while the international community is rightfully concerned about iran's ties to international terrorism and its nuclear weapons program, we cannot forget those who struggle for religious freedom and democracy in iran. the baha'i community has long been the target of severe religious persecution by the iranian regime. much of the formal leadership has been arrested and many executed. the baha'i are not permitted to practice their religion and culture. their marriages are not recognized. their dead cannot be buried, according to
." mr. chairman, good morning. >> good morning. last member of congress, but not last. >> let's talk about what's happening today, before we move on to broader topics. if in fact mcconnell and reid can put something together, are you convinced house republicans are ready to receive it? >> yes, john boehner has honestly acknowledged that he was not able to get his alternative on the floor. and there has been this policy that they wouldn't bring up a bill when the republicans were in power unless it had enough votes to pass among the republicans. but speaker boehner has, i think, quite appropriately said he's not going to abide by that. he is committed, as i've read and heard, to bring anything the senate passes through the floor. if that has, the senate was able to pass something, what would probably happen then, it would clearly pass the house, perhaps with a minority of the republican votes. the issues that were holding back some democrats has been resolved, the reduction and cost of social security, that won't be part of the package. the optimistic view is the senate will pass some
for the debate in the 113th congress, which will indeed be challenging. but i would urge us to work together and put the interests of the american people first. with that, mr. president, i would suggest the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll. quorum call: quorum call: quorum call: quorum call: quorum call: the presiding officer: the senator from rhode island. mr. whitehouse: is the senate in a quorum call? the presiding officer: the senator is correct. mr. whitehouse: then may i ask that the quorum call be suspended? the presiding officer: without objection. mr. whitehouse: and i ask unanimous consent that morning business be extended until 7:00 p.m. with all other provisions remaining in effect. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. whitehouse: i note the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll. quorum call:
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